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Turning lights into flights: Estimating direct and indirect rebound effects for UK households

Chitnis, M, Sorrell, S, Druckman, A, Firth, SK and Jackson, T (2013) Turning lights into flights: Estimating direct and indirect rebound effects for UK households Energy Policy, 55. pp. 234-250.

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Energy efficiency improvements by households lead to rebound effects that offset the potential energy and emissions savings. Direct rebound effects result from increased demand for cheaper energy services, while indirect rebound effects result from increased demand for other goods and services that also require energy to provide. Research to date has focused upon the former, but both are important for climate change. This study estimates the combined direct and indirect rebound effects from seven measures that improve the energy efficiency of UK dwellings. The methodology is based upon estimates of the income elasticity and greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity of 16 categories of household goods and services, and allows for the embodied emissions of the energy efficiency measures themselves, as well as the capital cost of the measures. Rebound effects are measured in GHG terms and relate to the adoption of these measures by an average UK household. The study finds that the rebound effects from these measures are typically in the range 5-15% and arise mostly from indirect effects. This is largely because expenditure on gas and electricity is more GHG-intensive than expenditure on other goods and services. However, the anticipated shift towards a low carbon electricity system in the UK may lead to much larger rebound effects. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Centre for Environmental Strategy
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Date : April 2013
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.12.008
Additional Information : NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Energy Policy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Energy Policy, 55, April 2013, DOI 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.12.008.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 15 Mar 2013 18:44
Last Modified : 23 Sep 2014 01:33

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